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Flu – using homeopathy

28th November 2006 by Arrow Durfee Posted in Uncategorized

The flu came through already for us. (Nov. 2005) I had a gelsenium flu and it was a rough one. It required repeated dosages of gels. 200c.. Once I found the correct remedy I was well in two days. The remedy made a marked difference in how I felt, how much pain I had and whether I could walk across the room or not.


Influenza-1918: Homeopathy to the Rescue

by Julian Winston

It was called “the Great White Plague.” It is hard to imagine the
devastation caused by the Flu Epidemic of 1918-19. People who lived through it reported that someone who was up and well in the morning could be dead by evening.

Dr. H. A. Roberts was a physician on a troop ship at the time. Another boat
pulled alongside to get any spare coffins- it’s mortality rate was so high.
On his return to port, the commander said to Roberts, “used all your
coffins?” To which Roberts, who had been treating his ship with homeopathy, replied, “Yes, and lost not one man!”

The following is an extract from an article entitled “Homeopathy In
Influenza- A Chorus Of Fifty In Harmony” by W. A. Dewey, MD that appeared in the Journal of the American Institute of Homeopathy in 1920.

Dean W. A. Pearson of Philadelphia collected 26,795 cases of influenza
treated by homeopathic physicians with a mortality of 1.05%, while the
average old school mortality is 30%.

Thirty physicians in Connecticut responded to my request for data. They
reported 6,602 cases with 55 deaths, which is less than 1%. In the transport service I had 81 cases on the way over. All recovered and were landed. Every man received homeopathic treatment. One ship lost 31 on the way. H. A.
Roberts, MD, Derby, Connecticut.

In a plant of 8,000 workers we had only one death. The patients were not
drugged to death. Gelsemium was practically the only remedy used. We used no aspirin and no vaccines. -Frank Wieland, MD, Chicago.

I did not lose a single case of influenza; my death rate in the pneumonias
was 2.1%. The salycilates, including aspirin and quinine, were almost the
sole standbys of the old school and it was a common thing to hear them
speaking of losing 60% of their pneumonias.-Dudley A. Williams, MD,
Providence, Rhode Island.

Fifteen hundred cases were reported at the Homeopathic Medical Society of the District of Columbia with but fifteen deaths. Recoveries in the National Homeopathic Hospital were 100%.-E. F. Sappington, M. D., Philadelphia.

I have treated 1,000 cases of influenza. I have the records to show my work. I have no losses. Please give all credit to homeopathy and none to the Scotch-Irish-American! -T. A. McCann, MD, Dayton, Ohio.

One physician in a Pittsburgh hospital asked a nurse if she knew anything
better than what he was doing, because he was losing many cases. “Yes,
Doctor, stop aspirin and go down to a homeopathic pharmacy, and get
homeopathic remedies.” The Doctor replied: “But that is homeopathy.” “I know it, but the homeopathic doctors for whom I have nursed have not lost a single case.” -W. F. Edmundson, MD, Pittsburgh.

There is one drug which directly or indirectly was the cause of the loss of
more lives than was influenza itself. You all know that drug. It claims to
be salicylic acid. Aspirin’s history has been printed. Today you don’t know
what the sedative action of salicylic acid is. It did harm in two ways. It’s
indirect action came through the fact that aspirin was taken until
prostration resulted and the patient developed pneumonia. -Frank L. Newton,
MD, Somerville, Massachusetts

Aspirin and the other coal tar products are condemned as causing great
numbers of unnecessary deaths. The omnipresent aspirin is the most
pernicious drug of all. It beguiles by its quick action of relief of pain, a
relief which is but meretricious. In several cases aspirin weakened the
heart, depressed the vital forces, increased the mortality in mild cases and
made convalescence slower. In all cases it masks the symptoms and renders immeasurably more difficult the selection of the curative remedy. Apparently aspirin bears no curative relation to any disease and it ought
to be prohibited. -Guy Beckly Stearns, MD, New York

Three hundred and fifty cases and lost one, a neglected pneumonia that came to me after she had taken one hundred grains of aspirin in twenty-four hours. -Cora Smith King, MD, Washington, DC

I had a package handed to me containing 1,000 aspirin tablets, which was 994 too many. I think I gave about a half dozen. I could find no place for it. My remedies were few. I almost invariably gave Gelsemium and Bryonia. I hardly ever lost a case if I got there first, unless the patient had been sent to a drug store and bought aspirin, in which event I was likely to have a case of pneumonia on my hands. -J. P. Huff, MD, Olive Branch, Kentucky.

In reading the accounts of the epidemic it seems that most of the deaths
were caused by a virulent pneumonia that was especially devastating to those who depressed their system with analgesics-the most common being aspirin.

The Physician from whom I first learned homeopathy, Raymond Seidel, MD, HMD, said that he decided to be a homeopathic doctor during the flu epidemic when he was working as a delivery boy for a homeopath in New Jersey. Raymond Seidel told me that he decided to become a homeopathic doctor when he was a ten-year old delivery boy for a local homeopath. He said, “I saw that the people who were taking aspirin were dying, about half those who were drinking a lot were dying, and those that received homeopathic remedies were

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I have a set of homoepathic remedies and many books on the subject. Gelsenium is by far the most important remedy to have either in 30c or 200c potency.

other remedies to have on hand are in same potencies are:

Aconite – the first remedy to give with in the first few hours only, especially if there is fear. It they are not feeling better in a couple of hours move on to another remedy.

Bryonia: generalized muscle and joint pain, hurts to move, moving eyes causes pain, dry hacking painful cough with flu, pain in chest, ribs. wants to lay down and not move
Pulsatilla: child may cling
Belladonna: Red hot flushed face, dry mouth. dilated pupils, bad dreams or delirious, refuses drinks. or only infrequent little sips.
Rhus Tox: if extremely restless
Veratrim Alb: when very serious, face pale, blue, body with chills, cold feeling in stomach, cold breath , pneumonia, Delusions, aimless wandering, delirium with violence.
Arsencium alb: – may have burning pains, anxious, restless
Eupatorium perfloiatum: chills, bruised soreness all over the body and the bone feels as if they would break, especially the back.. dry hacking cough, thirst for ice cold drinks.
phosporus: (if pneumonia develops with craving for ice cold water)

My son had a Veratrum Album flu several years ago. It scared me to death and it is probably why I worry so much about this avian flu. He overcame it with no thanks to me. I did not find this remedy until he was over it but saw the picture so clearly when I read about it. This remedy is generally not listed with common flu remedies but may be indicated for flu. You think the person may die they look so bad.

I had a bad flu while traveling in Mexico in 92. I was so terribly weak I could barely get to my homoepathic medicines. Gelsenium put me into a deep sleep from which I awoke about 6 hours latter quite well.

A book written by Dana Ullman is a good start with homeopathy and may help you through the flu. “Everybody’s guide to Homeopathic Medicines”


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7 Responses to “Flu – using homeopathy”

  1. yunque Says:

    could you tell me where I can find more data and statistics about the use of homeopathy compared with current drug practices?

    Thank you Cat Yunque

  2. Arrow Durfee Says:

    You will be hard pressed to find such data as you request as it is just not available. It is very difficult to do double blind studies in homeopathy due to the nature of the applications of homeopathy and there is really, to date no institution or organization around that is collecting much in stats.

    The effectiveness in homeopathy is based more on the adeptness and skill of the practitioner rather than the power of the medicine. In conventional medicine any bafoon can prescribe an antibiotic or a diuretic and get some result. A skillful homeopath can cure an infection without toxicity or relieve congestive heart failure but only if his skill in selecting the correct remedy is very good. In conventional medicine there are standards of practice that determine what drug is used for what. Follow the rote rules and you will have some minor success as you progress in poisoning your patient to death with drugs. In homeopathy any number or remedies can cure or palliate without toxicity. To find the right one is based on the ability of the homeopath to identify the remedy according to the most particular and individual symptoms a person has, often not an easy task, but when accomplished the results can be remarkable. Some diseases and some clients are easier to prescribe for than others. A multitude of conditions are very easy to prescribe effectively for and many homeopaths teach their clients how to use remedies and clients have home remedy kits for personal use.

    I will tell you this. Harvard Medical School now has a homeopathy course. In most Naturopathic Schools in the US senior level students are encouraged to create a specialty in either homeopathy or acupuncture. In France 50 percent of Medical Doctors use homeopathy, In Scotland, 60 percent. The Royal family of England are avid homeopathy supporters. One homeopath who I use to take my children to was a medical doctor and had at one time been chief cardiologist at Southwestern Medical School in Dallas Texas. I asked him why he went to homeopathy and he said it was because homeopathy was the superior medicine.
    It is used in many countries around the world, is cost effective, nontoxic and curative in nature.

  3. mary hughes Says:

    I understand homeopathy and know it is superior,but when you said 60% of doctors in Scotland use homeopathy,I ceased to believe in any of your other statistics.
    Scotland has an appalling medical picture and high rate of deaths from heart attacks,cancer and liver disease…if it were true that 60% of doctors use homeopathy then they would be one of the healthiest nations on the planet…and they are not.
    I’m sorry but your figures appear to have been plucked out of the air by wishful thinking…there is no way of knowing such statistics…but that does not allow you to make them up.

  4. Arrow Durfee Says:

    Well, being that I am in the USA and have somewhat limited access to information in Europe I may be in error. I based this statement on the following article

    The use of homeopathy does not exempt a nation or group of people from having bad health. One must look at other factors such as the general diet of the population, stress factors, environmental toxins, abiltiy to pay for medical care, including alternative medical care etc. Also the use of homeopathy can not guarantee a healthy population if homeopathy is not used as the primary treatment for most disease processes. If you go an get a antibiotic 3 times and go to a homeopath one time you will have much to overcome through the use of that antibiotic three times. This article suggests that alternative treatments are begining to be integrated to some extent. This, in my opinion is good. But for the recepients of these therapies it may be too little coming to slowing to make significant impacts on their health. What is important is that the homeopathic approach is being considered and accepted and utilized, even by those who likely don’t have a lot of training in it, for instance, in the use of acute remedies for acute problems that have a high rate of success in use.

    Recently at the Glasglow Homeopathic hospital, in an attempt to cut costs, placed the 15 bed homeopathic unit on the chopping block to be cut. After closer examination and protest from physicians and patients the unit will remain open. It was found to provide essential services to people that conventional medicine could not help. It also was found to be cost effective. I tell you! Stuff like that isn’t happening in the USA!!

    I see that I have already made an error on stating that 60 percent as 60 percent in this study included the use of herbs and homeopathy. Here is the article in case the link disappears.

    Scottish homeopathic prescribing studied

    ABERDEEN, Scotland, Nov. 28 (UPI) — A new survey suggests as many as 60 percent of Scottish doctors prescribe homeopathic or herbal remedies to patients, including babies and children.

    University of Aberdeen researchers analyzed prescribing data from 2003 and 2004, covering 1.9 million Scottish patients in 323 practices.

    The researchers, among other things, discovered children under 12 months were most likely to be prescribed homeopathic or herbal remedies.

    The top five homeopathic remedies were Arnica montana (for injury, bruising), Rhus toxicodendron (joint symptoms, headache), Cuprum metallicum (cramps, poor circulation) Pulsatilla (PMT, menopausal symptoms, breast feeding problems) and Sepia (PMT, menopausal symptoms, fatigue).

    The five most prescribed herbal remedies were: Gentian (poor appetite), Cranberry (urinary tract infection), Digestodoron (indigestion, constipation), Evening primrose (PMT) and Laxadoron (constipation).

    Study co-author Dr. James McLay said the major problem with homeopathic preparations is the lack of scientific evidence they are effective.

    “Whatever the arguments, our study shows an apparent acceptance of homeopathic and herbal medicine within primary care, including extensive use in children and young babies,” McLay said. “We believe that these findings underline the need for a critical review of this prescribing trend.”

    The study appears in the December issue of the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology.

    Copyright Political Gateway 2006©
    Copyright United Press International 2006

  5. Arrow Durfee Says:

    Oh, and here is another article that gives the exact results of the study that was done in the use of alternative approaches in Scotland.

    Homeopathic Or Herbal Remedies Prescribed By 60 Percent Of Doctors’ Surgeries in Scotland

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    Sixty per cent of doctors’ surgeries in Scotland prescribe homeopathic or herbal remedies, according to a study of nearly two million patients, published in the December issue of the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology.

    Researchers from the University of Aberdeen analysed official prescribing data from 2003-4, covering 1.9 million patients from 323 practices.

    Their findings have led them to call for a critical review of homeopathic and herbal prescribing in the UK National Health Service, particularly the high levels given to babies and children under 16.

    The research team discovered that:

    * 49 per cent of practices prescribed a total of 193 different homeopathic remedies and 32 per cent prescribed 17 different herbal remedies.

    * Five per cent of the practices included in the study prescribed 50 per cent of the remedies and accounted for 46 per cent of the patients receiving them.

    * 4160 patients (2.2 per 1000 registered patients) were prescribed at least one homeopathic remedy during the study period. 73 per cent were female and the average age of patients was 47.

    * Children under 12 months were most likely to be prescribed a homeopathic or herbal remedy (9.5 per 1000 children in that age group), followed by adults aged 81-90 (4.5 per 1000). 16 per cent of homeopathic prescribing was to children under 16.

    * 361 patients were prescribed at least one herbal remedy during the study period (0.2 per 1000 registered patients) and 12 per cent of these were children under 16 years old. 72 per cent of prescriptions were issued to females and the average age was 61.

    * Doctors who prescribed patients a homeopathic remedy also prescribed them a median of four conventional medicines during the study period. This figure went up to five for people prescribed herbal remedies.

    * Four per cent of patients prescribed a herbal remedy were, at the same time, prescribed conventional medication that has been documented to interact with herbal treatments.

    * The top five prescribed homeopathic remedies were Arnica montana (for injury, bruising), Rhus toxicodendron (joint symptoms, headache), Cuprum metallicum (cramp, poor circulation) Pulsatilla (PMT, menopausal symptoms, breast feeding problems) and Sepia (PMT, menopausal symptoms, fatigue).

    * The top five prescribed herbal remedies were: Gentian (poor appetite, digestive problems), Cranberry (urinary tract infection), Digestodoron (indigestion, heartburn, constipation), Evening primrose (PMT) and Laxadoron (constipation).

    “Our study shows that a substantial number of Scottish family doctors prescribe homeopathic and herbal remedies” says co-author Dr James McLay from the University’s Department of Medicine and Therapeutics.

    “This level of prescribing raises important questions about homeopathic and herbal provision in the UK’s National Health Service

    “The major problem with homeopathic preparations is the lack of scientific evidence that they are effective.”

    “Given the rise of evidence-based medicine and the trend toward prescribing guidance in the UK, should therapies with no convincing positive clinical trial evidence be prescribed and funded by the health service”

    “Or are proponents of such remedies correct in stating that the difficulties inherent in trialling such therapies make evidence irrelevant.”

    “Whatever the arguments, our study shows an apparent acceptance of homeopathic and herbal medicine within primary care, including extensive use in children and young babies. We believe that these findings underline the need for a critical review of this prescribing trend.”

    “The research by the University of Aberdeen adds an important dimension to the ongoing debate about homeopathic remedies, as it shows what is actually happening at grass roots in Scottish general practice” adds Dr Jeffrey Aronson, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal and Reader in Clinical Pharmacology at Oxford University.

    “In September 2006 the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) introduced new rules to regulate homeopathic medicines, allowing manufacturers to specify the ailments for which they can be used.”

    “This move has been criticised by a number of leading UK scientific institutions, who argue that homeopathic medicines should not be allowed to make ‘unsubstantiated health claims’ and that the policy is damaging to patients’ best interests.”

    “We hope that this paper will further inform the debate, as it provides clear evidence on prescribing patterns within the NHS and raises a number of important issues, particularly about prescribing homeopathic and herbal remedies to children.”


    * Homeopathic and herbal prescribing in general practice in Scotland. Ross S, Simpson C R and McLay J S. British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology. Volume 62.6. Pages 647 to 652. (December 2006).

    * The British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology is published monthly on behalf of the British Pharmacological Society by Blackwell Publishing. It contains papers and reports on all aspects of drug action in humans: invited review articles, original papers, short communications and correspondence. The Journal, which was first published in 1974, enjoys a wide readership, bridging the gap between the medical profession, clinical research and the pharmaceutical industry.

    Contact: Annette Whibley
    Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

  6. yunque Says:

    Thank You for your answer…and the articles…I became interested in homeopathy when I was involved with a no kill humane society. I had over 100 cats in my care and the colony became infected with feline leukemia. The choice to kill them was not within my spiritual parameters so I adopted all of them and sought other means of working with what I was told would be a hopeless, expensive and an ugly situation.
    I attended several seminars on homeopathy and began practicing. I kept no records since I was a seat of the pants, grass roots blunderer. But of approximately 100 animals I lost about 2/3 . Of the third that lived I kept 2 females unfixed to see how their offspring would fair… 2 litters of kittens to one mother and 3 litters to another both sired by colony males…no kittens showed any disease for the 5 years that I followed them… Needless to say after spending no less than $700 with conventional veterinary support, on one cat to loose her in agony, I was much impressed to seemingly cure 33 +/- with an investment of about $200!
    I would like to add that the placebo effect that is always being touted by critics, just doesn’t hold water here. Cats don’t get impressed when you say “OK kitty Mama’s gonna give you a pill that will make you well.”
    I have continued to use the same homeopathic kit that I bought nearly 7 years ago on myself and my animals. I know it works. I know it works well. I know that most of the stats unfortunately reflect the use of homeopathic medicines after drug therapy has failed and the system has been badly damaged. I believe that homeopathy is best used first and if the system does not respond then turning to drugs as a last resort seems appropriate.
    To the person who spoke of the health of Scott’s…I live in WV. Where there are a great many Scott/Irish. Of my neighbors in gross general terms I would say that they smoke in excess, drink too much, eat lots of fired and fat foods plenty of meat and potatoes (which shoot ones sugar levels up) Salad is non-existent and vegetables are cooked to death or canned. This would have been worked off on the farms but the farms have disappeared. They are high strung and emotional. Which is particularly interesting since the hill folk choose to stay laid back in the hollers where life is calm and dependable. I am intrigued with the society as it has developed somewhat isolated. They are friendly, sensitive, and shy, but don’t cross them! All these factors are powerful elements when dealing with healing and cure. Homeopathy takes into consideration the emotional construction of the individual, which in my opinion has a great deal to do with overall health and ability to heal.
    I am now working with a homeopathic DVM developing seminars for veterinarians and organic farmers…It seems this is the time for homeopathy to step forward in this country as the healing science it is and take it’s proper place beyond the shadow of pharmaceuticals.
    For the good of all. Cat

  7. Arrow Durfee Says:

    Cat, I left an article on treating cats for you. Glad for your success with your ill kitties.